18 per cent polling till 9am in Bengal; Sporadic violence reported
West Bengal

18 per cent polling till 9am in Bengal; Sporadic violence reported

Agency News

Kolkata, May 12: Barring sporadic violence involving Ghatal BJP candidate Bharati Ghosh, the polling was passing off peacefully in Bengal with an estimated 18 per cent of 1,33,69,749 electorate exercising their franchise till 9 AM this morning to decide the fate of 83 candidates in the sixth and penultimate phase election to eight Lok Sabha seats of Tamluk, Kanthi, Ghatal, Jhargram, Medinipur, Purulia, Bankura and Bishnupur.

While Kanthi accounted for 12.05 per cent, Medinipur for 16.05 per cent, Jhargram for 18.49 per cent, Bishnupur for 18.69 per cent, Bankura for 11.62 per cent, Purulia for 16.92 per cent, Tamluk 20.76 per cent and Ghatal for 16.05 per cent.A BJP worker was found dead in tribal-dominated Jhargram. The party blamed the state's ruling Trinamool Congress for the worker's death.

However, the Trinamool Congress denied any link even as BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya alleged that Trinamool workers entered his home and killed him. Tension was running high in the area after the incident.

The state was witness to sporadic violence on polling days in the previous rounds of voting with workers of the Trinamool Congress and the BJP clashing in many parts of the state.

In a separate incident, two BJP workers were shot at last night in East Medinipur. Both were admitted to hospital. A Trinamool Congress worker was found dead in the same district last night.

Meanwhile, in Ghatal, Bharati Ghosh, a former IPS officer and once a trusted lieutenant of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, was attacked by a group of people at a polling station this morning.

Ghosh was confronted by TMC's women activists. After being heckled at polling booth she was seen crying.

Ghosh alleged that her agent was not allowed to enter booth. "I am a candidate. I am being pushed. They should be arrested," she said.

The TMC members said they won't allow Ghosh's agent to enter the booth as BJP members had beaten up their party workers.

Ms Ghosh told mediapersons that the TMC activists tried to confine her into one booth so that she couldn't move. "They tried to injure me so that I get confined here," Ms Ghosh said. The incident took place in a booth in Medinipur. Ghosh accused the EC for alleged inadequate deployment of Central forces as she faced a violent mob at Keshpur where her security forces fired several rounds in which one of the TMC activists received bullet injury.

The Injured, Bhaktiar Khan, was taken to a hospital. At Docahia under Ghatal Lok Sabha constituency Ghosh faced violent protest and stones were hurled forcing her security forces to allegedly open four rounds of fire.

Ghosh's van was vandalised and window panes broken.

Ghosh was accused to video graphing inside the polling booth at Pipurdar and the EC ordered the Returning Officer take action against Ghosh and the Presiding Officer.

At Danton under Medinipur Lok Sabha constituency, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh faced violent protest from people who raised 'Go Back' slogan to him. Mr Ghosh is the party candidate from this constituency.

Four TMC workers were also injured at Belda in West Midnapore district after BJP and TMC men were engaged in a clash.

The camp office of TMC was ransacked allegedly by BJP workers, while the condition of one of the four injured TMC workers was stated to be critical.UNI